It is not an exaggeration when people say that Singapore is full of surprises. Every nook, every corner houses an attraction which is completely different from the previous one. From mosques to museums, from temples to theme parks, Singapore is wonderfully peppered with all kinds of visual treats for people. In order to embark on a journey you would not expect, step into the unconventional world of Haw Par Villa at Pasir Panjang Road. Formerly known as the Tiger Balm Garden, this Asian cultural park, built in 1937 by Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, is where you need to be if you want an adrenaline-inducing experience.
Timings: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The Ten Courts of Hell is a section of the Haw Par Villa which depicts the punishments in the afterlife for the various crimes we commit in this life, be it intentional or otherwise. According to Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist belief, once a person passes away, they arrive at the First Court of Hell. Here, King Qinguang decides if you are virtuous and deserve to be in Paradise, or if you are an evildoer who should be led to the Mirror of Retribution to serve a fitting punishment. Chinese mythology is as terrifying as it is intriguing, in which a person who misuses a book comes face to face with the same punishment as one who abducts a human being. Each law and each stringent punishment is decided and carried out by the gargantuan green monster, Hu Fa Shi Zhe. With gruesome displays of three-dimensional dioramas, each depicting the nature of punishment in each Court of Hell, Haw Par Villa is bound to leave you awestruck.
The Ten Courts of Hell is the prime but not the only attraction that draws in locals and tourists alike to this enthralling theme park. There is a huge diorama which illustrates the Chinese legend of Madame White Snake. Other life-sized dioramas are dedicated to Chinese folklores and filial piety. Huge statues of sumo wrestlers, the Laughing Buddha, mermaids and the Monkey King adorn the premises. There is also a five-storey Pagoda and soaring memorials which add to the charm of this wonderful cultural park. The wonders of Haw Par Villa are truly endless.
Find your Tao in the Haw Par Villa - The Tiger Balm Garden Story
The Haw Par Villa has over a thousand statues with a story behind each of them. Dive in the engrossing treasure trove of Asian philosophy and cultural heritage, along with enthralling stories behind the park while “finding your Tao in the Haw Par Villa”.
Timings: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM,
You are to reach at least 15 minutes before the tour commences for registration and payment purposes.
Adults: SGD 10,
Children (7 - 12 years old): SGD 5,
Journey to Hell - Death and the Afterlife in Haw Par Villa
If you are looking for a daring adventure, step into the Haw Par Villa after dusk envelopes the sky and darkness falls over the park. On this tour, you shall be told about how the Boon family confronted death. Experience the Ten Courts of Hell after dark which has a surreal charm to it altogether.
Timings: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM,
Adults: SGD 18,
Children (7 - 12 years old): SGD 9,
Students (matriculation card is required for verification): SGD 15
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By MRT: Alight at the Haw Par Villa MRT Station and take the Exit A. It is a one-minute walk from the station to the theme park.
By Bus: Buses 10, 30, 30E, 51, 143, 188, and 200 arrive at the bus interchange on Pasir Panjang Road. Get on any one of these buses and you will reach the Haw Par Villa within one minute from the bus stop.
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